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Rome's restaurants cater to all tastes. There are American steakhouses, Lebanese meze restaurants, Vietnamese eateries, and several haute cuisine establishments celebrated in the Michelin Guide. But when in Rome, do as the Romans do and choose the less extravagant restaurants and trattorias for a memorable and authentic dining experience.
The Italian word for dinner, "cena", comes from the Latin convivium, which means "live together". Eating is a social get-together which consists of at least three courses — often even at lunchtime. The Romans do not eat dinner until nine in the evening.

Rome is known for its Carbonara (made with egg, guanciale, hard cheese, and black pepper) and Amatriciana (made with guanciale, pecorino Romano and tomatoes).
Felice a TestaccioFelice a Testaccio is an esteemed trattoria, which has since 1936 been dedicated to serving tasty and original Roman cuisine. As you walk into this restaurant, you will notice many locals among the diners, which is always a good sign. Although all their pasta dishes, as well as meat courses, are delicious, most people come here for their scrumptious cacio e pepe pasta. Also highly recommended is the tiramisu, which is topped with melted chocolate.
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La PergolaOn top of the Rome Cavalieri Hotel, La Pergola — an award-winning restaurant with three Michelin stars — offers not only exquisite, gourmet Italian fare but also a breathtaking panoramic view over the city of Rome, along with a wine cellar containing over 50,000 bottles of wine.
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Ad HocAd Hoc, with its romantic setting, is the perfect restaurant to relax after a stroll in the city center of Rome. Choose from a menu with typical Roman and Mediterranean dishes and well-reputed wines. Ad Hoc is also popular among locals and national celebrities.
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TemaLocated in the most ancient district in Rome, Ristorante Tema is a delightful traditional-style eatery offering a delectable array of pasta dishes, classic meat and fish mains, and mouthwatering desserts. To top off the dining experience, they also serve a selection of digestifs.
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Sakana SushiIf you're yearning for something other than Italian food, Sakana Sushi is the place to go. In a hip oriental setting, classic sushi, dumplings, and tempura are served from a conveyor belt. And if you feel like having your meal in a nearby park or just somewhere outside, Sakana Sushi also provides a takeaway menu.
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Spirito di VinoIn the heart of the Trastevere neighborhood, Spirito di Vino serves the very true meaning of "slow food". In their cavernous wine cellar, they house over 800 bottles of wines, where you'll surely find the perfect combination for every dish and take the culinary experience to another level.
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Osteria BarberiniTaking advantage of its location — right in Piazza del Tritone — Osteria Barberini is a family-owned eatery that offers Italian fine cuisine. Jazz and swing music in the background, wooden tables, and a simple interior make the dining comfortable and a favorite with locals and tourists alike.
Refined dishes with black and white truffles made by Chef Gabriel are the real stars here but don't miss out on the other innovative yet traditional plates. The menu also includes typical Roman dishes, such as ravioli, carbonara, risotto, and seafood specialities.

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Pane e SalamePane e Salame is a hip and modern bistro offering platters of cold cuts, cheeses, roasted eggplants, zucchini and pates, which are usually combined with a glass of fine Italian wine. It is highly recommended to come early as the place gets busy, especially during rush hour.
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Harry’s BarCelebrated for Bellini cocktails, Harry’s Bar is a legendary place that evokes the 'Dolce Vita' as if it was a clip from the film, creating a vivid flashback to the golden era of Via Veneto. As in the roaring 60s, you can still sip an apéritif, enjoy the live piano bar every evening and dive into the magic of the area from the exclusive Harry’s Bar. The refined cuisine recalls the freshness of Mediterranean flavors based on prime ingredients.
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Roma SparitaSince the restaurant Roma Sparita blazed onto the Rome dining scene over ten years ago, it has been a power center that bolsters the meaning of tradition and innovation with its original dishes. Its pièce de résistance is the outdoor terrace that comes to life, especially during the summer. The menu packs multiple Roman-style dishes, from the bucatini all'amatriciana to the trippa alla Romana.
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Trattoria Da Cesare al CasalettoThe menu of Trattoria Da Cesare al Casaletto stands out for its simplicity and Roman-style dishes. Far from the well-beaten tourist track, this trattoria — with its simple decor and a few tables at an airy venue with a vine-covered patio — offers the best fritti (deep-fried food) in town, along with carbonara, rigatoni with oxtail sauce, and gricia. Paired with the extensive wine list, the trattoria pulls off a winning formula.
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Osteria FernandaOsteria Fernanda is tucked away on the outskirts of the tranquil Trastevere neighborhood. Distinguished by welcoming and warm service and simple decor, the eatery offers top-notch food worthy of a Michelin star at an affordable price. The cuisine is distinctively Roman, embodying a creative blend of modernity and tradition.
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L'orso 80The wide range of antipasti along with the house wine has drawn locals to L'orso 80 for over 40 years. An antipasti buffet, pizzas, freshly made pasta, and many more tantalizing delights await you in this homey hideaway in Piazza Navona.
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SupplìSupplì is a take-out eatery acclaimed for its namesake supplì: deep-fried rice balls stuffed with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and your pick of favorite ingredients. Besides the crispy supplì, other ready-to-go specialities are calamari fritti (fried squid), mozzarella in carrozza (fried mozzarella), parmigiana di melanzane (eggplants parmigiana), and of course, pizza by the slice and pasta.
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GingerGinger is an Italian and Mediterranean bistro dedicated to healthy food. From breakfast to dinner, this elegant restaurant offers breakfasts, salads, and açai bowls made with superfoods and organic ingredients.
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ClotildeThe makers of upscale Clotilde restaurant respect the principles of the Slow Food movement. Their seasonal menu features specialities from the Ciociaria region in Italy. At night, Clotilde becomes a cocktail bar.
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Va.Do al PignetoFollowing the vibe of its neighborhood, Va.Do al Pigneto comes off as a hip, creative eatery featuring Italian cuisine, influenced by Thai, Indian and Japanese flavors. As an after-dinner walk, you can marvel at Pigneto’s murals or end the night in one of the lively district’s bars.
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RoscioliRoscioli is one of the best establishments in Rome, where you can experience local specialities in a welcoming atmosphere. They have three locations within a block, which is split into a bakery, a deli counter, and a wine shop. From the varieties of cheeses, meats, and an outstanding wine selection to some unique takes on classic Roman dishes, Roscioli is a true gem in the Italian capital. It might be hard to score a reservation, but it's all worth it!
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Reserva Restaurante y CoctelesOpened in 2019, Reserva is one of Rome’s latest gems and serves Latin cuisine with a hint of Caribbean vibe. As a 'transversal, informal but elegant place,' Reserva is a perfect place to enjoy an exotic dinner and finish with one of their wines and cocktails. The interior features brown, green and marble colors and provides a calm ambience.
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Hostaria Da CesareIn Rome since 1965, Hostaria Da Cesare offers local fish from the coast of Lazio, seafood dishes, Chianina's beef-certified, exquisite pizza, and an amazing selection of wines in an old-world, wood-paneled dining room. Seasonally, white and black truffle, boletus mushrooms, and royal agaric.
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BaGhetto Ristorante KosherBaGhetto offers the best of Roman-Jewish cuisine, with the capital’s best "carciofi alla giudìa" (Jewish-style deep-fried artichokes). But they also offer authentic cuisine that brings you back to ancient Rome with dishes like carbonara and amatriciana, and much more. And if you're a pizza lover, visit BaGhetto Milky on Via del Portico d'Ottavia, 2/A.
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Rinaldi Al QuirinaleRinaldi Al Quirinale is a hidden gem for fine dining, where the combination of impeccable service and warm hospitality makes you feel like royalty while being completely at ease. Renowned for its excellent Italian cuisine, the restaurant boasts six charming dining rooms and a lovely terrace during the summer. Indulge in a culinary journey with their exquisite offerings, from delectable raw seafood to perfectly grilled fish and flavorful risotto. The old-world charm of the rooms, adorned with painted ceilings and wine shelves, adds a touch of timeless beauty to the overall experience.
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CamponeschiPiazza Farnese, one of Rome's most sophisticated and splendid squares, provides the setting for the restaurant Camponeschi. The secret of the restaurant's success lies in its cuisine, which is varied, creative, imaginative, and suited to all tastes: fish, meat, game, as well as national and international specialities in season.
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